Focus and Scope

In the spirit of quarterly lab reports, the goal of IWPSALC is to encourage scholars to publish small, discrete portions of their research while they work towards full papers. Too often, our work only sees the light of day when we publish in a peer-reviewed journal. This begs the questions: how much data sits somewhere in the cloud, inaccessible to other researchers? Much of our work may be relevant and interesting prior to being ready for final submission, and IWPSALC is designed to provide a platform for disseminating knowledge early and often. The target length for papers in this journal is four (4) pages, in the spirit of technical reports or papers published in IEEE proceedings. Exceptions can be made, particularly in special volumes (such as the inaugural valume of the journal); please email the journal editor directly if you wish to seek an exception. Your email should include enough details for the editor to make an informed decision.

The target audience is all scholars and students working in topics related to South Asian Languages and Cultures, writ large. For example, scholars pursuing a study that involves twenty (or more) speakers of an under-described South Asian language may require quite some time to complete the project, but a series of short papers in IWPSALC providing analysis of one or two speakers at a time would serve as a set of intermediate lab reports, preventing data from sitting idly in the cloud—entirely inaccessible to others—for the duration of the project. Similarly, a series of short papers on discrete topics—sub-parts of the whole—would serve the same purpose. Short-form papers should be written using our submission guide. As noted above,  IWPSALC papers will generally be four (4) pages maximum. Please contact the editorial staff with questions at

We especially encourage student participation, both as authors and as readers, in an effort to help student scholars develop a habit of publishing early and publishing often. We do not sacrifice quality: rather, we encourage all scholars to think hard about the work that they do and to identify pieces which, although too small for publication in larger journals, may nevertheless be of value to their fellow scholars. Community participation and engagement are of tremendous value as well, and we actively support publication of work generated by community collaborators.

We seek to encourage dialogue about questions of scope and significance—between students and faculty, between lab members and colleagues—in order to foster an environment where data-sharing is the norm.

Peer Review Process

Editorial review

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.